Despite the fact that we donated, gave away and tossed a lot of our stuff before we moved, we still have too much for a downsized house. There was extra furniture, artwork, kitchen things, garden/pond supplies and of course clothing. My current clothes closet is a microscopic version compared to my last one.
I’ve always been good about doing the “Marie Kondo” with clothing and shoes but there were some sacred cows. Almost all my work clothes are gone which is as it should be. I’ve been retired ten years. Who wants old clothes that I don’t wear.
Then are those categories – wedding, funeral, and prom. I kept clothes for the first two occasions. I tossed all the “prom” stuff a few years back. That would include any long dresses or sparkly ones. If I can’t wear it to the grocery store, out it went. I haven’t gone to a formal event since I retired. Clothes go out of style. If I get invited someplace special, I’ll go out and buy something new.
Next came the funeral-wedding clothes. Funerals are much more casual than they used to be. You can wear black exercise pants and dress them up but I have some dresses too.
I looked them over and tried them on. I’m embarrassed to say that two had shoulder pads. Do you remember shoulder pads? When was the last time you wore them? Me too. Out they went. At the end of the day I am left with four dresses. More than enough.
Two are nice ones (silky fabric with beautiful prints and a perfect fit) and two more casual ones that can be dressed up for almost any occasion. They are LL Bean dresses which are my favorites (along with Lands End). The have one universal style that is very flattering for my body with a wide range of sizes. Pop on some fancy jewelry and you can wear them most anywhere. Use more casual accessories and shoes and you can wear it to a picnic or park. Cool, stretchy and attractive. What more can you ask for in a dress that is well under $100.
I have one more category to tackle. Although the bulk of them went a long time ago, I kept some blazers/jackets from my working days (ten years ago) that I haven’t been able to part with. They are classic styles (double-breasted navy jacket by Ralph Lauren among others) that work with jeans or dress clothes (that I never wear). These are my true sacred cows. Giving them up is like giving up my memories. Maybe today I will take a happy pill and go through them. If I’m lucky some won’t fit right or will be so sadly out of style that it’s an easy decision. Maybe I’ll give up the happy pill for a margarita and put on island music. That always makes it easier.
Really, I’m good at getting rid of things except for a very, very few sacred cows and no I don’t want to take pictures of them to keep.
Maybe I’ll need a pitcher of margaritas.
Author’s note: None of the retailers mentioned gave me anything but I’m always willing to accept something. They are brands that work well for my body shape.